At this time of the year, when everyone is ramping up for holiday sales and promotions I am reminded that the ability to focus is the one thing that separates the very successful from the wannabees. Well-known life coach Nido Qubein is quoted as saying, "nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets."
I use a tool called Mind Maps to help me focus and plan. You may have another tool that works for you. The key to getting through all the clutter, emails, podcasts, videos and promotions that come your way is to simply decide what's important and only focus on that.
Years ago I worked with a very successful entrepreneur who believed that his only skill was being able to concentrate on one goal while everyone else had a list of plans, strategies and objectives. He believed that if he accomplished that goal, all the others would fall into place.
It may be counter-intuitive, but if you have a huge list of things to do, just pick the most important one and the rest will take care of themselves.